April 6, 2023

EP. 157 — Invisible Illnesses with Meghan O’Rourke

Author Meghan O’Rourke joins Jameela this week to discuss invisible illnesses, or illnesses that do not manifest externally. They cover their own personal journeys with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, how lonely having an auto-immune disorder can make you feel, why these and women’s health in general is so under-studied, the relationship between auto-immune disorders and mental health, and why we can be hopeful about the future.

 

Check out Meghan O’Rourke’s book – The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness – wherever books are sold.

Follow Meghan on Instagram & Twitter @meghanor

 

You can find transcripts for this episode on the Earwolf website. 

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Transcript

  [00:00:00] Jameela Hello and welcome to another episode of I Weigh with Jameela Jamil, a podcast against shame. I hope you’re well and I hope you enjoy today’s episode. It’s one that you’ve been asking for, for ages, and it just took me a while to find the right guest, and I definitely did, and I wanted to be very specific because it’s a subject that is so personal to me because of my experience with chronic illness. I have Ehlers-danlos syndrome. I have hEDS, which means I have the hyper mobile type. So I look Ehlers-danlos syndrome is a connective tissue disorder and we get into it more when we talk in the episode. But mine also means that I’m hyper mobile, so I dislocate a lot of the time and I’m very, very I’m overly stretchy, not in like a sexy, fun way. I can be sexy and fun, I guess, but it’s also very painful and very scary and problematic sometimes, especially if you’re trying to have a a big fun life and caree

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